How to Prevent (and Treat) Mold and Mildew in Your Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom is one of the most dreaded chores around the house, but it’s also one of the most necessary. Nobody wants to bath, wash, or put on makeup in a place that isn’t spotlessly clean, after all. Unfortunately, bathrooms are a perfect place for mold and mildew to grow. Since we don’t spend a lot of time in bathrooms—as opposed to bedrooms, family rooms, or kitchens—they tend to be dark a lot. And since the time we do spend in them tends to involve a lot of hot water, they’re usually damp and warm. All that’s a perfect recipe for mold and mildew.

Around most houses, mold is probably a four-letter word. Nobody likes the idea of mold growing in their house. Not only is it unsightly, but it can lead to a lot of problems. The right kind of mold can damage surfaces and even eat away at the structural integrity of your home. Plus, mold can lead to poor air quality, which can have a damaging effect on the health of everyone in the house. So combatting mold in your bathroom is one of your biggest jobs.

Mold spreads through spores, which means that mold in one part of your house can easily travel to another through the air circulation. Fortunately, there are a few tricks that can help make your home less inviting to moldy invaders. Keeping the indoor humidity below 40% can help discourage mold growth, as can making sure that you regularly change your air filters, something that’s good for your house and good for your family anyway. Avoid over-watering plants, and keep an eye out for trouble spots where moisture collects. Any place that’s damp is going to be a good place for mold. You can help reduce trouble spots by putting old newspaper in the bottom of your kitchen trash can to catch spills and absorb moisture, and re-use those silica packets that come in your shoes to keep excess moisture out of drawers and closets (just keep them out of reach of little hands)!

Sooner or later, though, mold and mildew is bound to show up somewhere, and it’ll probably be in your bathroom first. The grout around tiles and other fixtures is a favorite camping spot for mold, and is notoriously difficult to clean. That’s why Rock Doctor created our patented Tile & Grout Cleaner, for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and anyplace else you might need it. Rock Doctor Tile & Grout Cleaner is safe for glazed and unglazed tile, as well as colored or uncolored grout, and can be used on just about any natural stone surface, as well as porcelain and ceramic tile. Plus, it’s not just good for cleaning up mold and mildew. It’ll blast any stain that you need removed from your tile and grout, whether its grease, dirt, oil, soap scum, or, yes, mold. So when the time comes to clean your bathroom, don’t despair, just reach for the Rock Doctor’s Tile & Grout Cleaner, and you’ll be done in no time!

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